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Secretary of State Police Issues Sixty Citations During Thanksgiving Shopping Weekend

By WJBD News

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Monday that the Secretary of State Police issued 60 citations this weekend during a statewide crack down on people who illegally park in accessible parking spaces at local malls.  This is an increase of 29-citations from last year.  The enforcement kicked off on Black Friday, November 25th, and will continue through the end of December.  This is the seventh year of the program.  Last year, police issued 187 citations to people for violating the program.

Twenty-nine people were issued tickets for improper use of a disability parking space or parking in a disability space without a placard or license plate over the holiday weekend.  Twenty-eight people were cited with misuse of a disability parking placard, or using someone else's placard. Twenty-nine placards were confiscated and a total of 1,925 placards were checked.

Secretary of State Police were out at malls in Schaumburg, as well as at malls in Rockford, Springfield, and Marion on Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, and the busiest shopping day of the year.  Enforcements also took place in Orland Park, Carbondale, Peoria, Fairview Heights, Geneva, Oak Brook and Champaign.

When the holiday enforcements began in 2005, more than 200 people were cited for violating the program. The fine for illegally using a placard or disability license plates without the authorized holder of the placard or disability license plates present is a maximum of $500. In addition, violators can be subject to a 30-day administrative driver's license suspension from the Secretary of State for the first offense. The fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a parking placard or disability license plates can be as much $350.

The Secretary of State's office is urging people to report abuse of accessible parking spaces by calling 217-785-0309. Callers should be prepared to report placard and license plate numbers as well as locations of vehicles. People can also report abuse via the Secretary of State's website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com and complete the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.

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